While some would say tablet computers are a “flash in the pan” type of product and category, we’d argue that it is netbooks whose lives are to be rather short-lived. And a new rumor published by Blogeee supports such an argument by claiming that Samsung will kill off their 10.1″ netbook line(s) in 2012…
“Following the introduction of our new strategy in 2012, we will discontinue our 10.1-inch (netbook) product range in Q1 2012, in favor of ultraportables (11.6 and 12 inches) and ultrabooks to be launched in 2012.”
The statement above is allegedly part of an email sent out by Samsung to trade partners and suppliers. But don’t worry. Samsung will still make laptop-like devices sporting ~10″ displays. The big shift will come in physical size and design. Instead of the traditional, chunky netbook, Samsung will reportedly move to Intel-powered Ultrabooks similar to the likes of products already released by competing manufacturers. And again, sub-10″ netbooks aren’t yet out of the picture.
The idea behind ultrabooks, of course, is to compete with Apple’s Macbook Air at the price level — a thin & light laptop that has exploded in sales since the revamped model hit shelves back in July/August. Your typical ultrabook starts at $799 compared to the 11″ base Macbook Air’s $999 price tag.
We say good riddance. You get what you pay for.